JanB wrote:Did you know that one of the biggest complaints the Assembly gets, is their choice of songs sung?
I'm not one bit surprised. Of course I'm no longer COGOP, but still attend every Assembly. It's weird, having been in the mainstream of Assembly music for 25 years. I've seen the pendulum of songs swing from one extreme to another. There used to be more balance.
I've noticed over the last decade that the music is overwhelmingly contemporary praise and worship (for lack of a better term) - and all done by the same team of singers and musicians, all of which is a big negative for me.
Please don't misunderstand; I like
"praise and worship" music (all music in fact should "praise" and "worship" the Lord) and have learned that I can worship the Lord through many styles of music - if the message is true to the Word. But I also have high respect and regard for the old hymns and convention (blue book) songs. There is just something about them that touches a chord in the hearts of many believers, a familiar chord of their salvation experience.
The Assembly used to be a virtual roster of musical styles and personalities; solos, duets, trios, quartets, choirs, bluegrass, black gospel, steel drum bands, you name it. Not all were great, but many ministered with anointing and the crowds were moved to rejoice.
Simplicity seems to have gone by the wayside and production has taken center stage.